Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today voted for H.R. 4105, which would give the U.S. Department of Commerce authority to administer countervailing tariffs on illegally subsidized foreign goods imported from non-market economies. The bipartisan bill was approved by the House of Representatives on a vote of 370 to 39.
"This bill will help level the playing field for American manufacturers that export their goods overseas," Larsen said. "When other countries don't play by the same rules, American workers are hurt. This bill will allow the Commerce Department to fight unfair subsidies that hurt American manufacturers. We should aggressively use every tool at our disposal to protect American jobs. Tools like this bill and the President's recently formed Interagency Trade Enforcement Center will help make sure that American manufacturers and workers have a fair shot in world markets."
"I am a strong supporter of growing manufacturing by increasing exports. My District Export Promotion Program helps small businesses get access to new customers in new markets to allow them to grow and add jobs. As we continue to seek ways to expand export opportunities, I will keep fighting to make sure that American businesses are given every opportunity to compete on a level playing field."